In response to today’s Homelessness statistics April to June 2023, Joanna Elson CBE, Chief Executive of Independent Age said:
“Figures released today show in the latest quarter there are 3,220 older people who are homeless. This is incredibly concerning. No one wants to find themselves without a place to call home yet too many people in later life face the very real and regular threat of homelessness. Many live in insecure, cold and unaffordable housing and urgently need greater protections.
“These figures are just the latest confirmation of the scale of the emergency facing people renting in later life. Analysis by Independent Age shows that over the last four years, the number of people aged 65 and over deemed homeless by the UK Government has risen by 50% to over 12,000. This is unacceptable.
“The UK Government can dramatically improve the situation by rapidly passing, and fully implementing, the Renter’s Reform Bill which would result in better protections for tenants of all ages, and significantly increasing the number of new social homes built.”